America Part 3: Riding with Charlie's Angels (apparently!)
Not many people get the chance to ride with Charlie's Angels but that's what people tell me I'm doing. Third day on the tour of USA selling to the agents, trying to persuade them to send their clients to the UK. Well the dollar rate is just 1.52, so no better time.
Day one was Atlanta, the Naples Florida, then Raleigh, North Carolina, where the bonus was staying in the wonderful Fearrington House property. It does help to be in the travel business sometimes. My angels are brilliant. Whenever we get on an airport bus the other riders look at me with a wry smile. But we are a happy bunch having a good laugh and taking the mick out of each other. Emer heads up the Celebrated agency to the agencies, Karina runs the wonderful Missoni in Edinburgh, great wardrobe of course, and Celine is perfect representing the legendary Gravetye Manor in West Hoathly, Susex.
Bizarre plane journey from Raleigh, small, old, with the most laid back scruffy steward, who should have a got a job as a petrol pump attendant. I was stuffed into my seat and it was the most uncomfortable plane ride I have ever had.
But this was all trumped by the lousy Budget rent a car. So far we have had one day with Enterprise, the next with Budget, then an Enterprise, and now Budget. It was freezing and almost snowing when we stood outside the airport waiting for the Budget bus which proceeded to sail by us without stopping. We then saw 3 Avis, National Dollar and every other rent a car buses except the Budget one!
And when we were given the location of the car it wasn't there, so we complained, they upgraded us and got a monster luxury SUV from Infiniti.
We were lucky to get here in White Plains NJ because we are in the middle of a major snow storm coming in from the West. Schools closed, that sort of thing, bit of a panic, and maybe much a do about nothing.
Gotta go. Next stop New Jersey where they shot the Sopranos. Fab!